Buddhism and Food
The Karma of Food by David R. Loy
If we don’t need to worry about disrupting genetic “essences” such as the original and natural DNA of a plant or animal species, doesn’t that liberate us to do whatever we want technologically?
David R. Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Zen tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He is a prolific author whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. He teaches nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity and what each can learn from the other. See www.davidloy.org.
Overcoming Ignorance about Food by Eating Spiritually by Yi Chan Su
Eating is a yardstick that measures the depth of one’s sensibility about human nature, religion, and life. Similarly, the processes of getting food and gaining spiritual enlightenment are like the two sides of a coin; spiritual enlightenment is parallel to awakening to the meaning of food.
Yi Chan Su is Humanities Korea Research Professor at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University. He received his PhD in Religious Studies from Sogang University and was a professor at Kangnam University. He has written extensively in Korean on religion and peace studies. The titles of some of his works can be translated as “Think or Be Thought About,” “Reading About the World Religions,” “The Kyoto School and Christianity,” “The End of Monotheism,” “Spirituality on the Table,” and “What Is Green Peace?”
Shojin Cuisine: Cooking from the Heart by Mari Fujii
Preparing food that combines [the] five tastes, five colors, and five ways of preparation [the basic concepts of shojin cuisine] results in a well-balanced meal. . . . Shojin cuisine is an art of cooking with these concepts in mind, and that is why people who partake of it say it brings them peace of mind.
Mari Fujii is a specialist in shojin ryori (Japanese vegetarian cuisine) and teaches and popularizes it internationally. She has studied Chinese food therapy in Beijing and is the author of The Enlightened Kitchen: Fresh Vegetable Dishes from the Temples of Japan (Kodansha America, 2005) and several books in Japanese on shojin cuisine.
Mindful Eating: How North Americans Use Buddhist Meditation to Heal the Body, Mind, and World by Jeff Wilson
Faced with . . . widespread suffering in relation to food, many people are turning to Buddhism in search of possible solutions. After all, Buddhism is, at its root, a set of practices and insights designed to eliminate suffering.
Jeff Wilson is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at Renison University College, an affiliate of the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada. He specializes in Buddhism in North America and is the author of many publications on such topics as abortion rituals in Western Buddhism and Buddhist pluralism in the United States. His most recent book is Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Why Not One Grain of Rice Should Be Wasted by Kenichi Furuyama
If our current food wastage continues unchecked, it will undermine the global environment and may even in time threaten the survival of the human race.
Kenichi Furuyama, PhD (Buddhism, Komazawa University), is a senior research fellow and a lecturer at the Sōtō Institute for Buddhist Studies, Tokyo, and teaches Buddhism at Komazawa University, also in Tokyo. He specializes in Pali studies and Sōtō Zen studies and has published many articles in these fields.
Eat in Moderation for a Healthy Body and Mind by Nichiko Niwano
Nichiko Niwano is president of Rissho Kosei-kai and an honorary president of Religions for Peace. He also serves as an advisor to Shinshuren (Federation of New Religious Organizations of Japan).
Old Insights for a Hectic World: What Can an Eighteenth-Century Zen Master Teach Us Today? by Masaki Matsubara
Hakuin’s voice in his Yasenkanna still resonates today, but with purposeful and intelligible transformations, in a larger context of the healing and awareness practices of meditations.
After Zen monastic training with the Rinzai sect in Japan, Masaki Matsubara earned a PhD in Asian Religions from Cornell University. He taught Buddhist Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures as well as Religious Studies at UC Berkeley (2009-13) and was the BDK Fellow at the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University (2013-14). He is now a Visiting Scholar in the East Asia Program at Cornell University and is a Research Associate for the Contemplative Studies Initiative at Brown University. He is the head priest of the Butsumoji Zen temple in Chiba Prefecture, Japan; supervises the nearby affiliated International Zen Center; and travels between the United States and Japan to lead retreats and seminars.
Buddhism and Social Engagement (4) Toward Transnational Movements by Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya
Buddhist social movements are . . . becoming global, gradually going beyond specific regional and cultural contexts and developing into transnational movements addressing common issues such as world peace, human rights, and environmental destruction.
Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya specializes in sociology of religion and Japanese religion. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi, teaching Japanese society, culture, and language. She received her doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Tokyo in 2003 and has taught as an Associate Professor at Nagoya City University. She is the author of Nihon no shakai sanka bukkyō (Engaged Buddhism in Japan) (Tōshindō, 2005).
Kanenuiakea: A Living Faith and Practice Glen Kila and George Williams
Because Hawaiian culture has been reconstructed from myths and stories that represent a child’s level of understanding, the depth of its spirituality has not been seen or appreciated.
Kumu Glen Kila, a former school principal, was selected from birth to carry on the Hawaiian religion, Kanenuiakea, being taught its ancient beliefs and values. He has reinstituted the traditional Hawaiian Learning Center, Marae Ha’a Koa, as a public means for preservation of Hawaiian faith and practice.
George M. Williams is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at California State University, Chico. He has lectured widely on world and indigenous religions; among his published works are Handbook of Hindu Mythology and Shinto. Williams now works with Hawaiians for the restoration of their faith and nation.
Making Women Use Their Influence for Good, and Their Power for Good Interview with Pastor Esther Abimiku Ibanga, Recipient of the Thirty-Second Niwano Peace Prize
The Niwano Peace Foundation awarded the thirty-second Niwano Peace Prize on May 14, 2015, to Pastor Esther Ibanga of Nigeria for her courageous efforts to promote women’s empowerment and peaceful coexistence. On May 15, Dr. Hiroshi M. Niwano, chair of the foundation, interviewed Pastor Ibanga at Rissho Kosei-kai headquarters in Tokyo. The interview highlighted the importance of promoting peace activities based on a maternal way of thinking.
Pastor Esther Abimiku Ibanga was born in 1961 in the Nassarama State of Nigeria. She graduated from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, and received her master’s degree in business administration at the University of Jos, Nigeria. She worked for sixteen years in the Central Bank of Nigeria, as a senior supervisor of its headquarters’ Branch Operations Department; as an assistant manager of the Foreign Operations Department; and as a manager of banking operations in Jos. She voluntarily retired in 2001. In 1995, while serving as the Jos city manager, she founded Jos Christian Missions International, pioneering Nigeria’s first church with a woman pastor. As its senior pastor she worked to take care of the poor and underprivileged, reaching out to young people, widows, and orphans.
Sent by the Gods and the Buddhas by Nikkyo Niwano
Nikkyo Niwano, the founder of Rissho Kosei-kai, was an honorary president of the World Conference of Religions for Peace and was honorary chairman of Shinshuren (Federation of New Religious Organizations of Japan) at the time of his death in October 1999. He was awarded the 1979 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.
The Threefold Lotus Sutra: A Modern Commentary (124)
The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law Chapter 25: The All-Sidedness of the Bodhisattva Regarder of the Cries of the World (3) by Nikkyo Niwano
This is the 124th installment of a detailed commentary on the Threefold Lotus Sutra by the founder of Rissho Kosei-kai, Rev. Nikkyo Niwano.